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Tablets at courthouse will be left in place

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Groups that filed suit to force the removal of a Ten Commandments display from a courthouse facade have decided not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in October 2001 on behalf of the Freethought Society, an atheist group, and Sally Flynn, a Pocopson Township resident, contending the plaque violated the principle of separation of church and state.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case and said in June that a reasonable person familiar with the plaque's historical significance would regard the decision to leave it in place as religiously neutral, rather than evangelical in nature.

The court's ruling overturned a lower court decision that the plaque was inherently a religious statement and must be removed.